Peter Dickinson - Mass of the Apocalypse

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Peter Dickinson - Mass of the Apocalypse



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26th Oct 2009




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Peter Dickinson - Mass of the Apocalypse


Lullaby from ‘The Unicorns’

Mass of the Apocalypse

Larkin’s Jazz

Live analogue recording

Five Forgeries for piano duet

Five Early Pieces for solo piano

Air for solo flute

Metamorphosis for solo flute

Peter Dickinson, John Flinders (pianos), Duke Dobing (flute), Revd Donald Reeves (speaker), Jo Maggs (soprano), Meriel Dickinson (mezzo-soprano), St James’s Singers, James Holland and David Johnson (percussion), John Alley (piano) & Henry Herford (baritone-speaker)

The Nash Ensemble, Ivor Bolton & Lionel Friend


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Peter Dickinson weaves together musical styles popular and classical, past and present, using a technique of ‘style modulation’.

In his Mass of the Apocalypse the Book of Revelations’ visions of a new heaven and earth interact with the liturgical text. The music of Sidney Bechet and Bix Beiderbecke played at Philip Larkin’s memorial service suggested the means for him to set the words of the great British poet, himself a jazz critic.

His Five Forgeries spoof the styles of famous composers, while the other works showcase different aspects of his many-sided talent.

Jennifer Bate’s recording of Dickinson’s complete solo organ works is available on Naxos 8572169.

Tracks 2-6 of this disc were previously issued by Conifer in 1989.

Peter Dickinson: The Unicorns: II. Lullaby (version for flute and piano)

The Unicorns: II. Lullaby (arr. for flute and piano)

Peter Dickinson: Mass of the Apocalypse


Sanctus and Benedictus

Agnus Dei


Ite missa est

Peter Dickinson: Larkin's Jazz

Prelude to Reasons for Attendance

Reasons for Attendance

Commentary on Reasons for Attendance

Prelude to For Sidney Bechet

For Sidney Bechet

Commentary on For Sidney Bechet

Prelude to Love Songs in Age

Love Songs in Age

Commentary on Love Songs in Age

Prelude to Reference Back

Reference Back - Conclusion

Peter Dickinson: 5 Forgeries

No. 1. Poulenc: Vif et gai

No. 2. Hindemith: Sehr langsam - Massig schnell

No. 3. Stravinsky: eighth note = 120-144

No. 4. Delius: Slow

No. 5. Bartok: Pesante

Peter Dickinson: 5 Early Pieces

No. 1. Contemplation I

No. 2. Invention I

No. 3. Contemplation II

No. 4. Invention II

No. 5. Contemplation III

Peter Dickinson: Air


Peter Dickinson: Metamorphosis


BBC Music Magazine

January 2010


“…the Larkin homage, and more particularly the Mass, remain the most substantial work, the latter announced by an all-too-predictable apocalyptic crash, but deftly contriving an imaginative interactive conjunction of Missa brevis…and the Book of Revelation. ...Dickinson's ear for jazz yields some fertile commentary, and if the Five Early Pieces are well-made rather than ear-catching, the Five Forgeries contain some affectionate quasi-pastiches affectionately played.”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2010

“Peter Dickinson and Philip Larkin make a surprisingly plausible pairing...The Nash Ensemble make an unexpectedly decent fist at evoking New Orleans salty-dog funk, responding to Dickinson's slyly astute caricatures.”

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